We reached in time for their house tea with local snack specialties. Of course most of the snack had shrimp paste, beef or ayam– chicken. Not too many choices for “vega”tarians. The rice pancakes and the tapioca shreds with gula kelapa (Coconut sugar) were sweet but edible. We had it with hot ginger tea.
We were offered a tour of the boutique hotel. The owner of the hotel, we were told by Sam, is an collector of antiques and he built this place to showcase his collections. Tugu, in Indonesian Malay, means ‘monument’. The Tugu Malang is located facing a monument. Extravagantly done, the hotel has rooms and corners designated to different regions from where the antiques have been acquired – Java, China, Emirates, Bali and Khmer. Huge stone, marble or wooden sculptures from these countries were all over the place, wooden door frames, paintings, tiles, crockery and other collectibles.
What was very interesting about the tour was the Presidential suite. Just the size of the bed was worth the 1000 USD per night. It had a foyer with a private massage table, a bath with curtains around, a floor seating with lots of comfy cushions thrown in and a private terrace garden with trees.